Finding the Best Diet and Training Plan for You- Ben Greenfield

Have you ever followed someone else’s fitness or health advice after hearing about their raging success, only to become disappointed with your own results? In most cases, it simply comes down to individuality.

When we talk about diet and training plans, it can be confusing because different approaches work for different people. My guest today considers his job to simply be connecting people with as many different solutions as possible, so they can go out and test what works and what doesn’t.

Today I’m talking to Ben Greenfield, one of the top 100 most influential people in health and fitness. He’s the founder and owner of Greenfield Fitness Systems, which develops innovative and cutting edge fitness services and solutions. He’s also the author of the New York Times Bestseller “Beyond Training”, and holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in sports science and exercise physiology.

For the next ten years after having run his first marathon and fallen in love with the sport, Ben dove really deep into the physiology and nutrition of endurance.  He did a decade of Iron Man’s, marathons and obstacle racing, and it wasn’t specifically just about endurance and performance, but about maintaining it with high levels of health.

“In endurance there are so many things that you have to plan for.” – Ben

This one really gets you thinking. Maybe those pasta dinners aren't so good for us after all! One of the best Health and Fitness Experts, Ben Greenfield, joins Tina Muir to discuss individual diet & training plans to get the most out of your running.

Today’s topics include:

  • His best advice and the interesting findings he discovered about fat burning and how to consume your carbs
  • “Training low, racing high” and “Training low, racing low”
  • How limiting carbs can be just as effective as consuming high amounts
  • The importance of personalized fitness and health regimens
  • A day in the life of Ben’s diet
  • How to schedule your carbs around your workouts
  • Ben’s opinion on Bulletproof Coffee and the True Form Runner

Ben shares some of the things he’s learned about fat burning efficiency and how to get the most out of your training to burn as much fat as possible. If you do follow a high fat/low carb diet, along with fasted workouts, you can get some incredible results. It can shift your body to be very efficient; but then again, it’s all about figuring out what works for you.

“It all comes down to individuality, testing your body, and then programming your training, nutrition, supplementation and recovery accordingly.” – Ben

At-home blood, gut and genetic testing can all help you shed light on your individual needs. Not just for nutritional and supplementation programs, but for training programs as well. Depending on your situation, you may want to consider doing a full body data analysis, as well.

It’s crucial to realize what kinds of little things need to change on your body because that could be the difference between having a construction job vs. a desk position. Everything down to individuality, testing your body, and then programming your training, nutrition, supplementation and recovery accordingly.

Last week we talked to Julie Benson about her chilling experience with the Boston Marathon, how she dealt with her eating disorder and more. Be sure to check it out here.

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Links and Resources mentioned in this Interview:


Runner’s Connect interview with Christopher McDougall

Natural Born Heroes: How a Daring Band of Misfits Mastered the Lost Secrets of Strength and Endurance

True Form Runner

Interview with True Form Runner Founder Jeff Vernon

Ben’s website

Ben’s Twitter

Ben’s interview with John Kiefer

Exos Carb Fuel

Gen UCAN SuperStarch

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